It’s burger-mania this week, and a new gourmet burger chain has arrived in town to whet our appetite. Due to open in Wafi City on Wednesday September 19, Burger Rebels has dubbed itself ‘revolutionary’, promising a creative shake-up of fast-food classics. The iconoclastic menu promises burgers made with camel meat, foie gras and beef tongue, and hot dogs made from venison, rabbit, duck and fish, as well as side dishes such as beetroot and banana chips. The decor is likely to be equally edgy, with graffiti-strewn walls and recycled furnishings.
Another new burger contender to arrive in town is South St Burger Co at Ibn Battuta Mall: it’s the Canadian chain’s first venue abroad, with a second Dubai-based branch planned in Jumeirah next year. The chain prides itself on ‘better-made burgers’ using ingredients free from preservatives, additives and antibiotics. And if that wasn’t enough, Kiwi-owned company Burgerfuel is also launching new branches on Sheikh Zayed Road and at Mall of the Emirates.
Can’t get enough of North American fast-food treats? IHOP (aka International House of Pancakes) has landed at Mall of the Emirates. Well known in the US, this first outlet in the UAE offers the chain’s signature menu of pancakes, crêpes, omelettes, and other American diner staples. Other options that have opened recently at Mall of the Emirates include Just Falafel, London Fish & Chips and Bombay Chowpatty.
Cutting through the fast-food news this week, it’s time for a slice of pizza with a sprinkling of heritage. Brandi Pizzeria first opened in Naples – pizza’s spiritual home, and birthplace of the Magherita pizza – in 1780. It’s taken the brand more than 230 years to make it to the UAE, but it has now set up shop at The Dubai Mall, offering a rustic, authentic Italian-style pizza experience.
Still room for dessert? Caboodle Café, a new café/play area, has opened in the Caboodle children’s store in The Dubai Mall. What makes this a particularly enticing pitstop for tired yummy mummies is that the new café houses a tiny concession from Abu Dhabi-based bakery Maison Sucre. It’s the brand’s only outlet in Dubai, offering a small selection of the venue’s signature cakes and cupcakes with the option to order bespoke creations for special occasions.
If all this grease and sugar is leaving you feeling a little queasy, why not try something light, healthy and fresh from Market & Platters? This gourmet grocery has just opened in Dubai Marina, selling fresh produce and specialising in fish and seafood. Stock includes live crab and lobster, plus caviar, sushi or sashimi for takeaway, prepared while you wait. Until next week, bon appétit!